Published on January 3, 2022

Islands 2021 Year in Review

Cover of Mass Audubon Islands 2021 Year in Review


Consider us the "little Islands that could," or more accurately, the "little staff that could." It was an undeniably difficult year and challenges continue, but we persevered though the pandemic and can be proud of our accomplishments this year. Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard staff combined forces in 2021 and the connection made Mass Audubon’s work more effective and more impactful.

Josey led our Education Team with strength and commitment and worked to honor Indigenous communities, support Interns with disabilities, and hold us all up with her passion and kindness.

Liz D created school programs that kept students outside, engaged, and creative working on a special Charter School garden project, providing visitors with some needed summer explorations, and throwing a few amazing fun-raisers to celebrate our 50th Sanctuary year.

Ryan, Christina, Robin, and Beth gave preschoolers and summer campers wild adventures, normalcy, and care through some difficult and really fun days.

Liz C and Paul were the friendly faces welcoming visitors and our administrative engine inviting members and community to enjoy time in nature.

Phil and Phoenix cared for our animal ambassadors, staff, and visitors by creating home, hearth, trails, and beauty on every inch of the Sanctuary.

Sam did it all on Nantucket, encouraging students to lead on climate advocacy, eradicating phragmites at Lost Farm, and visioning a plan for our efforts on Nantucket.

Emma and Ben, our go-to caretakers, were always ready to help in times of need.

And, of course, our seasonal staff, volunteers, donors, and friends guide our work, advocate for us, and share nature with everyone every day.

These folks are Nature Heroes, essential workers, educators and committed people that make our community, our students, campers, and visitor's year so bright. Wishing you and yours a New Year of nature, health and outdoor adventures.


Suzan Bellincampi
Director, Mass Audubon Islands